Overactive Letdown

Does your baby struggle with your milk? Do they choke, gulp, gag, spit up, have green poo? Arch back from the breast as if they don’t want to nurse? Do they “desperately” want to nurse but then only nurse for 5-10 mins? Been told they have a “lazy” latch? Are they always congested?


Has your babe been “diagnosed” with colic? Allergies to food in your breastmilk? Reflux? Have a baby that is “gaining too much” but seems to struggle to stay at the breast? Is your 6 week to 3 month old screaming at the breast, or each evening.

All of these other problems really exist, but not nearly as often as an underlying breastfeeding problem that is misunderstood.  Most generally called Overactive Milk but also called Overactive Letdown, Overabundant Milk, Forceful Milk Ejection Reflex or, (my least favourite term), HindMilk Foremilk imbalance. (The funnyshapedwoman blog does a great job of exploding the myth of Foremilk.)

Of course it’s not always overactive letdown/milk but in our almost decade of breastfeeding counselling, it is more often overabundance , overactive letdown, or lactose overload even in a parent who feels they have an “average” supply than all the other things we (or Dr Google) jump to first. The rate of allergies in children is about 5%. The rate of overactive milk in mothers over the 10,000+ hours of counselling we’ve done feels closer to 25-30%. So what’s more likely?  Why are we fiddling with the engines of our child, before we make sure the tank isn’t flooded with gas 😉 )

Let us tell you the story of how it’s not your fault, and that there are simply things you can do to rebalance your overactive letdown, or overactive milk and get you and your child back in to balance, calming the gut, bringing your breastfeeding relationship back together and help you continue on to meet your goals.

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“Just to say that the team at the Birthing Space is awesome. Maria has helped me diagnose milk oversupply and overactive letdown, whose management got my babe to stop having mucousy and bloody stools! Thank you!”Aleksandra in Kitchener Waterloo

For more information read our website Overactiveletdown.com And if you’re babe has any of these concerns, come and have them teased out in an in-person consultation. We do initial phone consults for free just to try to figure out if this or something else is the concerns and teach you more about what you can do!

  • Initial Phone and email consults are always free.
  • In-clinic short appointments $30 for 45 min.
  • In-person breastfeeding appointments are $40 an hour
  • A $10 home or hospital visit rate applies. (May be waved for subsequent home visits).
  • A flat rate of $100 for a minimum 2.5 hour home consult is available to get you started without worrying about exactly how minutes you’re using. Great for new parents that don’t want to worry about the clock, or anyone that wants a full in depth discussion of your concerns and integration of the solutions into your daily life.
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